Graduate Minors

Interdisciplinary Minor in Ancient Studies

The interdisciplinary minor in ancient studies is shared among the departments of anthropology, art history and archaeology, classical studieshistoryphilosophy, andreligious studies; it is offered at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels. Students enrolled in one of these departments should apply formally to the current chair of the ancient studies committee.

Curriculum: The minor is taken in addition to the courses required by the student's major department; it usually constitutes about one-quarter of the graduate course work. For the M.A. degree students must take at least 9 hours of ancient studies courses in two departments other than their major.

For the Ph.D. degree the requirement is for 24 hours (beyond the A.B. degree) in at least two other departments; in each of two departments, one of these courses must be at the 8000-level.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The staff of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies program is composed of faculty members from the departments of art history and archaeology, classical studiesEnglish,German and Russian studieshistorymusicphilosophyreligious studies, and romance languages and literatures. A doctoral candidate in one of these departments offering a PhD may elect a minor concentration in interdisciplinary medieval or renaissance studies by taking at least three appropriate courses (9 hours) outside the department, and all appropriate ones within it. Thus one earns, for example, a PhD in art history and archaeology with specialization in medieval studies, or a PhD in history with specialization in renaissance studies. Under certain circumstances, a minor in medieval or renaissance studies also may be arranged for MA programs.

For more information on the minor, contact the Director of Graduate Studies, or the current chair of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies committee: Emma Lipton, English Department.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

This minor is available to students pursing a graduate degree at MU.

12 to 15 credit hours will be chosen to complement graduate study in the student's main area of concentration. For the purpose of this minor, students may take up to six hours in their home department.

All courses will be selected in consultation with the student's graduate adviser and the Director of Women's and Gender Studies.


  • Six required credit hours:
    3 hours: 8000-level seminar in feminist theory offered through historysociologypolitical science, or English.
  • and 3 hours: 8000-level Seminar: Problems and Issues in Feminist Scholarship This seminar will address research across a range of disciplines. Students will have exposure to different methodological approaches as part of the seminar's requirement. (Consent of instructor required.)

Interdisciplinary Minor in Museum Studies

This minor, offered by the Museum of Art and Archaeology and the Department of Art History and Archeology, provides students with a systematic introduction to the history, philosophy, and role of museums. The program blends academic theory with practical experience to provide students with an opportunity to build a foundation applicable for work in either university or public museums.

Curriculum: The program comprises six courses designed to introduce students to the history and role of museums in society; to the philosophical, legal and administrative issues that face the modern museum; and to the exhibition and preservation skills required of a museum curator. The emphasis of the program is on museum management, curatorial responsibilities (collections management and exhibition) and educational interpretation. Internships and field trips to local museums provide additional insight into the world of museum professionals.

  • Individual courses are listed under the Department of Art History and Archaeology. Successful completion of the program is accomplished through 12 credit hours of required course work, including AHA 7130, 8130, and 7980 (a three-credit hour internship), and is recognized when the student successfully completes an M.A. in his or her academic field of study. An individual's course of study will be arranged with the program director.
  • The minimum period required to complete the minor is four semesters, or three semesters and one summer. Courses are open to advanced undergraduate students, but admission to the program is open only to those who have completed a BA degree.

Admissions: Students who undertake the museum studies minor are normally already enrolled as graduate students in degree-granting academic departments. Students should apply at the beginning of the fall semester to the Director of Graduate Studies, 109 Pickard Hall, for admission to the program.